SOURCE: PRSA - New York Chapter

PRSA - New York Chapter

January 12, 2016 06:00 ET

PRSA-New York Announces 2016 Board of Directors

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - January 12, 2016) - The Public Relations Society of America, New York Chapter (PRSA-NY) has elected its Board Members for 2016. The slate represents some of the top talent from PR agencies -- boutique to large-scale -- and other organizations across the Tri-State district.

Bill Doescher, president and CEO of the Doescher Group and formerly senior vice president and chief communications officer for Dun & Bradstreet, has been elected president of PRSA-NY for 2016. He replaces Linda Krebs, founder & CEO, LKPR, Inc., who becomes the immediate past president. Olga Gonzalez, FGA DGA CEO & Founder of Pietra PR, was elected president-elect.

Additional PRSA-NY 2016 officers include:

  • VP, Marketing: Michael Rinaldo, Executive Vice President and General Manager, dna Communications
  • VP, Membership: Joan Cear, Senior Vice President, Kellen
  • VP, Programs: Sharon Fenster, President and Founder, Fenster Communications
  • Secretary: Kellie Jelencovich, Senior Account Executive, MSLGROUP
  • Treasurer: Burt Wolder, Principal, Ragland Burton Communications

The following will serve the chapter as board directors:

  • Lynn D. Appelbaum, APR, Fellow PRSA, Professor, Ad/PR Program Director, City College of New York
  • Rob Bratskeir, Executive Vice President, 360 PR
  • Lara Cohn, Senior Vice President, Consumer / Lifestyle, JCPR / JIPC
  • Mike Doyle, Partner & Director NY, Ketchum
  • Natan Edelsburg, Senior Vice President, Muck Rack
  • Sandra Fathi, President, Affect
  • Henry Feintuch, Founder and President, Feintuch Communications
  • Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President & Founder, Germinder & Associates, Inc.
  • Leslie E. Gottlieb, Director of Communications and Marketing, Jewish Child Care Association
  • Tiffany Guarnaccia, CEO and Founder, Kite Hill PR
  • Stacy Leistner, Founder, The TAGS Group
  • Chi-Chi Millaway, Social Media Director, PRIME Research
  • David Rosen, Managing Director, Head of Brand & Digital Strategy, Citadel
  • Emily Simmons, Account Supervisor, Ketchum
  • Art Stevens, APR, Fellow PRSA, Managing Partner, The Stevens Group
  • Emmanuel Tchividjian, Senior Vice President & Executive Director & Chief Ethics Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.

Looking to 2016, Doescher said, "As new technologies and the public's buying patterns of consumption continue to change, PRSA-NY must tailor its Meet the Media and other events, as well as its educational programs for newcomers to the industry and those who have been in it for some time, to accommodate those trends. Our Big Apple awards event will again be one of the chapter highlights, and will be held in New York City on Thursday, June 2." 

As the most prestigious organization for continuous education, networking, and recognition for communications professionals in New York, the PRSA-NY is one of the largest of over 100 chapters across PRSA's 10 national districts. Acclaimed for hosting one of the top awards for recognition of professionals in the field, the Big Apple Awards, PRSA-NY hosts an average of 15-20 events a year aimed at acknowledging excellence in the communications field, as well as advising on best practices and technology for moving forward in the industry. 

For more information regarding this release, contact Olga Gonzalez at or 212-913-9761.

The Public Relations Society of America, New York City chapter is one of the founding chapters of the Public Relations Society of America, the world's largest professional organization for public relations practitioners. Founded in 1948, PRSA-NY is the third largest PRSA local chapter in the U.S. The chapter serves the interests of public relations professionals working in business and industry, counseling firms, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations. Chapter board and committee members are volunteer public relations professionals who work in the New York metropolitan area. For more information, please visit; and follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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